HC summons Food Comm on adulteration

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, May 30: The High Court today summoned Commissioner Food Safety before the Court to apprise it about steps taken for curbing the food adulteration.
Amicus Curie and senior Advocate B A Bashir submitted before the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura that the Government is not filling up various posts which are required in the department for strengthening its manpower for regular market checks.
In view of the submissions made by Advocate Bashir, Court called the Food Safety Commissioner before the Court on June 5 for explaining his position.
Meanwhile, State counsel has admitted that the FSC is not functioning properly as there is lack of accommodation and in this connection he submitted, Director Estates has been communicated to provide the suitable accommodation to the FSC.
It may be mentioned here that Court has already directed the Government to take all necessary steps for filling up of the post in question along with strength of staff with three weeks and in case of any default by the concerned authorities, court directed them to appear in person before the court.
Advocate Bashir informed the court that not process for appointment has taken place so far except advertising of the requisite post by the recruitment board. Court asked the State counsel for presence of FSC and directed the FSC be made personally present before the court on next date.
It was with the intervention of the Court that the post of FSC was  created and the said post has been filled by the Government recently after indulgence of the court.
Fourteen posts have been sanctioned as support staff for the FSC but only three posts have been cleared by the Finance Department and which, according to Health Commissioner, would not be enough for FSC to make the office functional and work properly.